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”It’s a strange time my friend”

2010 June 01

Ardavan Taheri/ Radio Kooche

a.taheri@koochehmail.com

Translated from Persian by Avideh Motmaen-Far

avideh@avideh.net

”It’s a strange time, my friend.” as Shamloo the poet used to say. Of course I say ”we are the strange ones in our time” When we should have been enlightened we spent our time in the darkness and now we are looking for the slightest light coming from ”Hero making” and ”Savior creating” horizons! And still, we are strangers in our own time.

Have you ever asked yourself: ” What is driving the situation in Iran?”

The answer is familiar to most Iranians:  ”Daii Jan Napolen”s finds the British responsible! Leaders of the Islamic Republic blame the Zionists for decades of turbulent situation of ”Islamic Iran”. Marxists and Communists find the non-proletarian establishment the cause of misfortune and misery of ”the masses”. The Monarchists consider Iran’s problem solved with the arrival of a powerful father, The King! Religious Intellectuals find that we need religious democracy and finally the seculars consider that a non secular state is the cause of Iran’s miscarriage! And of course Hassan Abassi, the head of ”Boundless Studies Centre”, creator of absurd and meaningless words finds both America and Imperialism responsible of Ahmadinejad’s failure in the third Millennium!

It is not the lack of democracy in Iran which causes the existing conditions. It contributes to extensive socio-Cultural issues related to the Iranian mentality that forms ”Iranian culture” in general.

But our generation considers the lack of democracy in Iran as the main reason of our plight.

The analysis of my generation is partly true but I believe that it is not the lack of democracy which causes the existing conditions. It contributes to extensive socio-cultural issues related to the Iranian mentality that forms ” Iranian Culture” in general.

If we consider that the cause of centuries of confrontations between the Iranian people and the rulers of Iran is simply due to the political structure and the system of governments, we will continue to be unaware of the real cause of this turmoil and we will persist on the same meaningless road that makes freedom, justice and democracy unattainable wishes.

Iranian culture is a collection of our habits, thoughts, language, behaviours and emotions.

Believe me! Caspian Makan is neither bought by the British nor a representative of global arrogance.

He is a genuine Iranian, with Iranian features and of course a real opportunist.

A young girl named Neda Agha Soltan was shot dead during widespread public protests in the aftermath of the elections of June 12/ 2009.

Some consider her as the symbol of freedom in Iran, and others as a victim of a plot wrought by Ahmadinejad’s opponents to bring down the coup government! And Caspian Makan profits of ”the muddy waters” and abuses the worst possible way the lifeless body of a girl who one day perhaps has been his fiancée by presenting himself as the Ambassador for the people of Iran.

Mohamad Reza Rahimi, first deputy to the head of the coup government who until a few days ago called himself ”Doctor” and was an ardent defender of ”Doctor Kordan affair” is also an Iranian like us.

Kamran Daneshjoo is not less Iranian! The Minister of Science, Research and Technology who has been a student in one of Britain’s universities and has presented his so-called PhD thesis in one of Iran’s universities! This gentleman is the one who declared at a government meeting that Mohamad Reza Rahimi doesn’t have a real university Diploma.

This is our time: Caspian Makan, our ”ambassador”, Saiid Jafarzadeh Ahmad Sargourabi our ”political protesting Artist”, Mohamad RezaRahimi, our ”soon to be Doctor first Vice-President”, Kamran Daneshjoo our ”Minister of Science, Research and Technology”, Hassan Abassi, ”Political theorist”  and of course Ahmadinejad, our ”President”….

Bear in mind that we are the same people who love ”Off Key” music and useless poems filled with grammatical mistakes of ”Parvaz Homay” or Saiid Jafarzadeh Ahmad Sargourabi. The same gentleman whose lyrics and voice sound like a religious ceremony that we consider as the ”cry of our freedom movement”.

Yes, we are the people who disturb the performance of artists by repeated applauses even when we listen to our favourite music.

Let’s face it! For us, the people of Iran, can anybody else than ”President Ahmadinejad” be expected?

Isn’t it true that governments reflect people’s views?

Don’t ”you get what you give”?

How do we expect that change comes overnight?

We create ”Heros” because we are unable to deal with circumstances and events by ourselves.

We are always waiting for someone to open the door to heaven and invites us in.

Comity aside, let’s be honest with ourselves.

We, Iranians, are little aware of our own circumstances even though we love to pretend otherwise.

THIS IS OUR LIFE, THIS IS OUR TIME:

Caspian Makan, our ”ambassador”, Saiid Jafarzadeh Ahmad Sargourabi our ”political protesting Artist”, Mohamad RezaRahimi, our ”soon to be Doctor first Vice-President”, Kamran Daneshjoo our ”Minister of Science, Research and Technology”, Hassan Abassi, ”Political theorist”  and of course Ahmadinejad, our ”President”….

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